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May It Displease the Court: Corporations Use “Operation Rescue”-Style Tactics To Oppose Abortion

Anti-choice protestors in Wichita, KS in 1991. (Kim D. Johnson / The Wichita Eagle)

Physical “rescues” were meant to harass clinics out of existence. The new “civil disobedience” call of anti-choice corporations refusing to cover contraception and sterilization procedures even in the face of federal court order to the contrary is just the corporate version of this same sit-in tactic.

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Seeing is Believing: Questions about Faith-Based Organizations Involved in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

For many years, faith-based health providers have received enormous sums of money from both state-based and private entities to provide healthcare services. More recently, that healthcare has included treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS. Unfortunately, many of these providers do not provide a full range of preventative care, especially advice on the use of and access to condoms to prevent the spread of HIV. Too few people have questioned whether the faith-based groups’ use of those funds is as effective as it might be. This report raises some of those questions and provides some proposals for how we might move forward towards more transparency.

 

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*UPDATED* Martin Ssempa Responds to Rick Warren on Uganda’s Homosexuality Bill

In an open letter, Martin Ssempa, the controversial fundamentalist Christian Pastor of Makerere Community Church in Uganda chides Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church for his recent statement on the proposed “anti-gay” law in Uganda.

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Roundup: Rick Warren Claims He’s Not “Political”

Rick Warren tells Meet the Press he doesn’t take “sides” in political debates; South Korea uses pro-natalist fears to restrict women’s access to abortion.

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Globalizing The Culture Wars

A new report, released by Political Research Associates, connects the dots between U.S. conservatives, African churches and a growing homophobia – with frightening results.

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Obama Invites Openly Gay Bishop to Pray at Inaugural Event

I’ll see your Pastor Rick Warren and raise you a Bishop Gene Robinson. The high-stakes symbolism of the Obama Inauguration.

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HIV Activists/Gay Men Sentenced in Senegal: The Other Side of Rick Warren’s “Humanitarian Issue”

The distance between Pastor Rick Warren and the sentencing of nine gay HIV activists in Senegal can be measured in inches, not miles. This is a real humanitarian issue Pastor Warren, not a fight to protect the privilege of heterosexual marriage.

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Roundup: Teen Birth Rate Increases in 26 States; Focus on the Family Opposes Daschle Confirmation

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Obama’s pick for surgeon general; teen birth rate increases in 26 states; Focus on the Family opposes Daschle confirmation; maternity leave healthier for mothers, babies; University of Wisconsin clinic plans to offer second-trimester abortions; Rick Warren’s Uganda connections.

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Roundup: Opposition to HHS Rule; Religious Right Leaders Grumble Over Warren’s Planned Invocation

Reporting on the widespread opposition to HHS rule; religious right leaders grumble over Warren’s planned invocation; make mothers vectors for health information; Ariel Levy reviews new and old editions of “Joy of Sex,” “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”

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Waiting to Exhale: An Advocate Struggles with the Debate Over Warren

Most of the public debate on Obama’s selection of Rick Warren for the inauguration has centered on his opposition to gay rights, his “good works” on poverty and global AIDS, and Obama’s promise to “disagree without being disagreeable.”  This advocate struggles with “getting to yes.”

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